Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Something to Lose by Tamra Lassiter, Virtual Book Tour & ♥GIVEAWAY♥

Author: Tamra Lassiter
Title: Something to Lose
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Everyone has something to lose.

Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it’s not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won’t help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth’s version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?

His hands form fists that rest on his hips. “Are you threatening an FBI agent?”

I hadn’t really thought of it like that, but I’m not backing down. I put my hands on my hips as well and stand on my tippy toes so that my face is close to his. I could use those three-inch heels right about now, but I hold my ground. His body is tight. I see his pulse beating in his neck.

“Call it what you want. Just get out of my house.”

His hands move behind my neck. He pulls me to him and before I even know what’s happening, he’s kissing me and even more surprising, I’m kissing him, too. His strong fingers move up and down my back as his lips work their magic on mine. I thought I’d been kissed before, but never have I been kissed like this. I still don’t see fireworks, instead I am the firework. Heat explodes from my lips down my throat and to the rest of my body. This isn’t the warmth of fairy tales where the prince and princess kiss their happily-ever-after. This is the battle of the dragon and I don’t know what because my brain is no longer working.

His stubble scratches my chin and the sensation kindles the fire even more. My stomach lurches and I feel weightless, light as a feather now, falling from high in the sky. His hands move to my hips and he pulls me to him tightly. He kisses my chin and then my neck and down to the opening of my robe.

It’s like I wake up from some out-of-body experience to find myself full of lust and clinging to a complete stranger. His hand slips into my robe. I startle and jump back, hugging myself with one hand, the other covering my mouth as my eyes go wide in complete disbelief.

Character Creation
One of my favorite parts of writing is the character creation. It’s like starting with a blank canvas and painting the character however I want them to be. I spend time thinking about their hair color and their eyes, etc., but what I like the most is what’s inside. Will she be afraid of spiders? Will he have scars from his not-so-great childhood? The possibilities are endless.
That said, it’s very important to give your main characters depth. Your character isn’t just a blue-eyed, arachnophobic woman. She has a past that has molded her into who she is. How does she interact with her family? What motivates her in her life? These are all things that affect the character and the decisions that she makes. When I write, I try to engulf myself in my characters. In that way I can ensure that every action my character takes jives with their personality.
Characters have to be real. We all want our heroines to be strong women and they should be, but they can’t be superheroes. They will have to have some type of breakdown when something huge goes wrong. You don’t go from being a housewife to running for your life without shedding a few tears. That just doesn’t happen. When I read books where the heroine is too much of a super woman, then it becomes difficult to relate to her character and that affects my overall reading experience.
Supporting characters are important, as well. They help you move your story along and can provide some levity, even in a suspenseful story. The secondary characters also help reinforce the personalities of the hero and heroine. The characters can make or break a story. Make them what you want them to be, but make them real.
Something to Lose will be available on May 7th!
Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing.
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11 comments :

  1. Excellent points about character creation! I find myself not really knowing who I'm writing until they are somehow on paper!

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  2. What character is harder (or easier) to write: the hero, the heroine, the secondary sidekick(s) or the villain?

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    1. I have the hardest time with the villains. They have to be normal enough that the people around them don't notice how evil they are, but they have to have something inside them that drives them to do bad things. For me, that's a tricky balance.

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  3. Thank you for the excerpt.

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  4. Thanks so much for the excerpt!

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  5. great book cover

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  6. Thanks very much for hosting me today!

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  7. Interesting character info

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  8. It's important that the characters don't just feel like cardboard cut-outs.

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  9. I like your writing discipline! That must be tough! Good luck with the book release and thank you for the giveaway! Looks like a good read! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

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